Thisquietarmy Returns with 'Anthems for Catharsis'

Thisquietarmy Returns with 'Anthems for Catharsis'
We all need to let off a little steam sometimes, and Montreal guitar experimenter Eric Quach is apparently doing so with his long-running Thisquietarmy project's next album, Anthems for Catharsis. The artist's latest cycle of seemingly sanity-preserving drone work will be unveiled on May 15 via TQA Records/Consouling Sounds.

Anthems for Catharsis follows 2014's Rebirths, a collection of reinterpreted Thisquietarmy material, but is Quach's first album of original material since 2013's Hex Mountains. A press release explains that Quach started working on the set at his Montreal studio at the tail end of 2014, with the goal of further evolving his approach to ambient music.

While in the past, Quach had flirted with elements of industrial, shoegaze and Krautrock, his latest effort is described as a "cold slab of harsh and moody drones" informed by black metal tones. You can take in a disquieting sample from the set in a brief album trailer, which you'll find down below.

You can pre-order Anthems for Catharsis here.

Thisquietarmy is set to go on a European tour next month, but also has a hometown gig at Montreal's Casa Del Popolo booked in June. You'll find all of Quach's travel plans below.

Anthems for Catharsis:

1. Ruminations
2. Purgation / Purification
3. From Darkness Redux
4. Accommodator
5. Masquerade
6. Closure

Tour dates:

05/05 Rome, IT - Forte Fanfulla 

05/07 Duisburg, Germany - Private Gig

05/08 Cologne, Germany - Private Gig

05/09 Mainz, Germany - Baron 

05/10 Rochefort, Belgium - Congoland 

05/11 Amsterdam, Netherlands - The Cave  

05/12 Hamburg, Germany - MS Stubnitz 

05/15 Zottegem, Belgium - Dunk! Festival 

05/18 Paris, France - L'Espace B
05/19 Geneva, Switzerland - La Gravière

05/20 Chambéry, France - Le Brin de Zinc

05/21 Bulle, Switzerland - Ebullition

05/22 Winterthur, Switzerland - Gaswerk

05/23 Innsbruck, Austria - PMK

05/24 Bologna, Italy - Freakout Club

05/25 Milano, Italy - Rock N Roll Club

05/26 Ljubljana, Slovenia - Channel Zero

05/27 Maribor, Slovenia - Gustaf Pekarna

05/28 Budapest, Hungary - Dürer Kert

05/29 Bratislava, Slovakia - whoneedslyrics?! Festival

05/30 Prague, Czech Republic - Klub 007 Strahov

05/31 Berlin, Germany - Tiefgrund (Halle)
06/13 Montreal, QC - Casa Del Popolo